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rqt plugin with custom icon in Ubuntu sidebar (Unity Launcher)

asked 2015-06-12 10:24:26 -0600

sam_123 gravatar image

updated 2015-06-12 10:24:50 -0600

Hi, is there a way to set a custom icon for a rqt plugin, that is then shown in the Ubuntu sidebar (Unity Launcher)? If you have several rqt plugins open, a custom icon would help to switch between the rqt windows.

I want basically replace the ROS icon in the image below:

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+1. But I just wanted to reiterate that rqt allows multiple tools/plugins laid out on a single window, as a screenshot in

130s gravatar image 130s  ( 2015-06-13 17:51:42 -0600 )edit

Are you starting rqt and then select plugins from the menu or are you invoking individual plugins in standalone mode, e.g. rqt_graph, rqt_plot?

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2015-06-13 18:46:50 -0600 )edit

@Dirk Thomas, I invoke my own plugins usually in standalone mode.

sam_123 gravatar image sam_123  ( 2015-06-14 03:17:34 -0600 )edit

@130s, for the case where you have multiple plugins in the same window, it would be nice to define an icon for the perspective. Is that possible? I guess not (couldn't find something about it)

sam_123 gravatar image sam_123  ( 2015-06-14 03:19:57 -0600 )edit

No, perspectives currently don't have an icon.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2015-06-14 11:03:06 -0600 )edit

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answered 2015-06-14 11:02:08 -0600

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The next release of rqt will use the plugin icon for the application when running in standalone mode:

If you have defined an icon for your plugin that will address your use case.

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cool, thanks. Is it possible to do something similar for perspectives?

sam_123 gravatar image sam_123  ( 2015-06-14 11:54:48 -0600 )edit

Plugins already have an icon and they are provided with the ROS package. Perspectives are user created and don't have an icon. So that would require more effort - also from the user whenever a perspective is created. Therefore I don't think I will implement it but pull requests are always welcome.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2015-06-14 23:10:56 -0600 )edit

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